Sitting with the King

And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:10-13, KJV)

But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. (Romans 5:8, Amplified)

While you were still separated in your heart from Him, while you were still lost in your deepest sins, He wanted to sit with you because He loves you.

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:38-42, KJV)

And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. (John 6:3, KJV)

And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. (John 8:2, KJV)

I tell the things which I have seen and learned at My Father’s side… (John 8:38, Amplified)

Even now, He wants to sit with you and fellowship with you and teach you. He wants you to learn at His side as He learned as His Father’s side.

So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19, KJV)

But God – so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace…that you are saved… and He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). (Ephesians 2:4-6, Amplified)

For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). (Romans 5:17, Amplified)

Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, resting in the finished work of the cross. Ruling from the place of ultimate authority and you have been seated with Him in heavenly places. He wanted to sit with you from the beginning of time and He wants to sit with you for all of eternity. Selah.

Seated In Heavenly Places

…he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. (Ephesians 1:20-23, KJV)

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus… (Ephesians 2:4-6, KJV)

God has been accused of many things in this earth. He is credited with deadly storms and natural disasters. He is accused of turning a blind eye to the sufferings that take place in this world. He is accused of doing nothing to intervene on behalf of the oppressed. And all of these are lies.

He intervened by sacrificing His own Son. What did this sacrifice accomplish on our behalf? It not only brought us back into fellowship with the King of the Universe, but into union with Him as members of the Body of Christ. And through that union you and I are now seated with Him in heavenly places.

These places are far above the true culprit in this world. Jesus said in John 10:10 (KJV), “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” 

First John 3:8 (Amplified) tells us, “The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].

When Jesus encountered a dangerous storm He didn’t say, “Oh, Father why did You send this deadly storm?” No, He took authority over that storm, rebuked it and it ceased. When He encountered sickness and death, He didn’t attribute it to His heavenly Father. He rebuked sickness, disease, demonic oppression and even death.

We have been given authority to use His Name to enforce His victory in this earth. Because of His great love He intervened by seating us in Jesus above all principalites and powers. It is time for the church to learn about her authority in this earth. The authority we have in His Name and through our being seated in heavenly places in Him.

Father thank You for Your intervention. Thank You for sending Your only Son so that we might be saved by Him and seated with Him. Teach us about the authority we have as believers. Teach us what it means to be seated in heavenly places. Teach us how to enforce in this earth all that Love purchased for us. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

Recommended reading: “The Authority of the Believer” by John A. MacMillan